Monday, October 25, 2010

New Playlist Songs

[Side note -  The Austin Film Festival is in full swing right now. Back when I entered their contest, I put the festival on my calendar, just in case. I had a good giggle when I realized that was why my weekend was full when I was planning our activities on Friday. Such wishful thinking - maybe next year...]

I am getting back in the zone. November is almost here, and all I can think about is my book. I was doing research all weekend (by research, I mean searching YouTube and Netflix on the Wii after the kids went to bed for clips from old TV shows and movies that reminded me of my characters) and I stumbled upon an acoustic version of the 30 Seconds to Mars song, The Kill (Bury Me). (I'll post the long, roundabout story of my moments of serendipity associated with this song at the end if you feel like reading that far.) I've played it over and over, instantly knowing that it will become a part of the new soundtrack for my writing.

As I add/subtract songs, I'll keep the playlist window at the bottom updated. I know this version of Between Souls is going to be more complicated than the movie. I think that I need to explore more of the back story for Richard and Bryan - especially Bryan. He is so deeply connected to Lucie, and he doesn't develop much in the screenplay. So there will be a few new songs specifically for him.

Believe it or not, I have a new song that is part of Grammy's soundtrack now (Grammy in the book, not my mother). It's going to seem very strange, but the song is Dog Days are Over by Florence and the Machine. Her video is odd, as is the older video you can watch on her website, but my favorite version is the performance she gave at the MTV VMAs this year. Very Grammy-in-her-prime, and worth watching.

Now for the serendipity...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

NaNoWriMo is Coming

It's been a long time...

I ran into a dear friend and follower yesterday, and she mentioned how excited she is for my writing projects. I didn't have time to tell her what I've been up to, so I decided it was about time to post an update. I explained to her (and to my mother), sometimes there's not much to tell, and I can't imagine that a daily word count could be intriguing, but we're going to find out.

Starting November 1st is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. I participated in years past, and it's like Script Frenzy in that you have a month to accomplish your goal, which is to write at 175-page (50,000 word) novel. Both events are run by the same fabulous Office of Letters and Light, a non-profit dedicated to helping children and adults reach their creative potential.

So now it's confession time - I don't have much completed on the novel version of Between Souls. In fact, what I do have would not even fill a chapter. This process has been much harder than I thought it would be. I remember thinking I'd be done by now, sending it to the editor I worked with in the past, and well on my way to publication by Christmas. Ha.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Something to Show

I'm still working on the first draft of the YA novel version of Between Souls, and I'm loving it. I can finally add all of the descriptions that I worked to hard to create in the screenplay, then had to delete because they didn't belong in that format. I haven't given up on the movie, but I think this next step of translating it into a novel is important for a number of reasons. Not the least of which is that I get to spend more time with the characters, redefining their goals and pushing them even further into the story.

When I write, I know it seems like I'm just sitting there, not doing much. But in fact, the wheels in my head are turning and rejecting thoughts as they produce new ones, and it's harder than it looks. My fingers are moving quickly, and I may even be looking out the window, but I'm still working.